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MacKenzie Gore San Diego Padres

No stats for MacKenzie Gore, but here he is, up from the depths.

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Josh James Houston Astros

He was everybody's hidden agenda in this year's auction, and eventually went for an absurd $13, which cannot be defended, although I note the CBS price.  So far, not so good for his owner, who was in 10th place as of a few minutes ago.

Mike Dean TMU2009
Zack Wheeler New York Mets

I was at the game.  It was a no doubter.  A word to the wise these days:  Don't rely on the subways to get home.  It took me 2 and 1/2 hours to get from Queens to my home in Park Slope.  

Thomas Rosenthal TommyR
Gio Gonzalez New York Yankees

Ken Rosenthal of The Athletic reports that Gio Gonzalez is in agreement with the Brewers on a one-year, $2 million contract.


Frank Smith Pancho
Anderson Jose Espinoza Boston Red Sox

The Padres finally released word that Anderson Espinoza‘s long trek back to health took another unfortunate detour as the talented righty underwent his second Tommy John surgery Monday.

Howard Lynch LynchMob
Jalen Juwan Goree San Diego Padres

MacKenzie Gore update ...

In 22 High-A innings, Gore has allowed just 15 baserunners (0.68 WHIP) while striking out 27.  Encouragingly, after needing 90 and 84 pitches to get through five innings in his first two starts, Gore has used 75 and 77 to throw six innings in his last two outings.

Howard Lynch LynchMob
Nick Margevicius San Diego Padres

It wasn't pretty (four hits, five walks, two runs over five innings) but at the end of the day he had his second win, this one 6-3 over the Mariners.

The NL won all three games against the AL to go up 17-15 in interleague play.

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Ronny Rodriguez Detroit Tigers

Ronny collected another double in the second game, at the end of which the Tigers found themselves two games over .500.

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Josh Bell Pittsburgh Pirates

Grounded out to first in his first AB with no one one, then fanned in his next three AB, the second with runners at the corner and one out, the fourth with runners on first and second, two outs, the team trailing 2-1 in the 8th. Never took anything less than a mighty a cut. Pathetic, if you ask me. 

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Zach Britton New York Yankees

We being the Monkey, who predicts Britton will get another save today.

New York Yankees — As we predicted in yesterday’s Vulture Save Watch, Aroldis Chapman got a night off and Zack Britton recorded a 1-2-3 inning for his first save of the season.

Hierarchy remains: Chapman | Britton | Ottavino.

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Emilio Pagan Tampa Bay Rays

Kicking off today's Closer Chronicles:

April 24, 2019

Tampa Bay Rays – Emilio Pagan picked up his second save in as many days, striking out two of the three hitters he faced in a 1-2-3 ninth inning. Kevin Cash praised Pagan after the game and noted that both Jose Alvarado and Diego Castillo will be available on Wednesday after two straight days of rest.

Updated hierarchy: *Alvarado | Castillo | Pagan.
* = closer-by-committee

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Derek Jeter New York Yankees

Seadogs, why on earth did you post your recent comment under Don Mattingly?

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Lance Lynn Texas Rangers

I thought about sitting him last night against the A's. And then I thought: if I'm afraid to pitch Lance Lynn in the Oakland Coliseum against Frankie Montas, why am I keeping him?

After buying three pricey starters in the draft, I sat back to wait for the cheapies that I wanted and the cheapies I would take a chance on.

The cheapies I wanted: Wade Miley $5 and Martin Perez $3.

The cheapies who I thought, for various reasons, might end up with positive value: Lance Lynn $3, Ivan Nova $3 and Matt Shoemaker $4.

Today I'm second in wins and, after a nice start, sinking fast in the qualitatives. 

It's not Ivan's fault. I got rid of him fast.

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Rowdy Tellez Toronto Blue Jays

A salary dump that the Blue Jays have to be pretty happy about so far.

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Kendrys Morales Toronto Blue Jays

He's being killed by the shift, while he has the kind of swing -- no uppercut -- that should so easily knock the ball the opposite way.

Current G/L/F: 48/16/36

Current BABIP: .204

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Don Mattingly New York Yankees

Thanks to the Marlins, .500 in the NL really isn't half way.

Right now the 8th team is .522 (Phillies), leaving three .500 teams in the bottom half of the standings (Crew .520, Braves .500, Nationals .500).

.500 used to be a nice rule of thumb for "my team might be doing pretty good." Now it just means you're not horrible.

Kent Ostby Seadogs

This, for me, is the way they should show balls and strikes.

https://www.mlb.com/video/cg-wsh-col-4-23-19 

No rectangle over the plate. All the pitch locations recorded on the lower right. Pay attention to it if you want to, don't if you don't.

While we have real umps, that is. When they bring in the robo umps, show the rectangle.

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Javier Baez Chicago Cubs

A virtuoso ballgame by Javy.

https://www.mlb.com/video/cg-lad-chc-4-23-19 

If he drew some walks he'd be the best player in baseball. But then he wouldn't be Javy.

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Zack Wheeler New York Mets

The home run is to left center, which for Zack is the opposite way. I mean, really.

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Austin Hedges San Diego Padres

Soemtimes the center fielder robs you of a homer and sometimes...

http://www.espn.com/mlb/video?gameId=401075077

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